in·​fo·​graph·​ic | \ ¦in-(ˌ)fō-¦gra-fik How to pronounce infographic (audio) \
plural infographics

Definition of infographic

: a chart, diagram, or illustration (as in a book or magazine, or on a website) that uses graphic elements to present information in a visually striking way … an infographic showing how much time the average person spends reading some popular novels.Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 28 Sept. 2014

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First Known Use of infographic

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infographic

info(rmation) + graphic entry 2

Note: This formation appears in various senses, perhaps all independently coined, from about 1969 on. “Infographics” was the title of the nineteenth meeting of the National Microfilm Association in 1970 (here probably suggested by earlier micrographics), and appears in “Ferranti Infographics,” from the 1970’s to 1993 a division of the British firm Ferranti International.

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“Infographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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